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The Resource Why the wild things are : animals in the lives of children, Gail F. Melson

Why the wild things are : animals in the lives of children, Gail F. Melson

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Why the wild things are : animals in the lives of children
Title
Why the wild things are
Title remainder
animals in the lives of children
Statement of responsibility
Gail F. Melson
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Whether they see themselves as King of the Wild Things or protector of Toto, children live in a world filled with animals - both real and imaginary. From Black Beauty to Barney, animal characters romp through children's books, cartoons, videos, and computer games. As Gail Melson tells us, more than three-quarters of all children in America live with pets and are now more likely to grow up with a pet than with both parents. She explores not only the therapeutic power of pet-owning for children with emotional or physical handicaps but also the ways in which zoo and farm animals, and even certain purple television characters, become confidants or teachers for children - and sometimes, tragically, their victims." "Yet perhaps because animals are ubiquitous, what they really mean to children, for better and for worse, has been unexplored territory. Why the Wild Things Are is the first book to examine children's many connections to animals and to explore their developmental significance. What does it mean that children's earliest dreams are of animals? What is the unique gift that a puppy can give to a boy? Drawing on psychological research, history, and children's media, Why the Wild Things are explore the growth of the human-animal connection. In chapters on children's emotional ties to their pets, the cognitive challenges of animal contacts, animal symbols as building blocks of the self, and pointless cruelty to animals, Melson shows how children's innate interest in animals is shaped by their families and their social worlds, and may in turn shape the kind of people they will become."--Jacket
  • "Whether they see themselves as King of the Wild Things or protector of Toto, children live in a world filled with animals - both real and imaginary. From Black Beauty to Barney, animal characters romp through children's books, cartoons, videos, and computer games. As Gail Melson tells us, more than three-quarters of all children in America live with pets and are now more likely to grow up with a pet than with both parents. She explores not only the therapeutic power of pet-owning for children with emotional or physical handicaps but also the ways in which zoo and farm animals, and even certain purple television characters, become confidants or teachers for children - and sometimes, tragically, their victims." "Yet perhaps because animals are ubiquitous, what they really mean to children, for better and for worse, has been unexplored territory. Why the Wild Things Are is the first book to examine children's many connections to animals and to explore their developmental significance. What does it mean that children's earliest dreams are of animals? What is the unique gift that a puppy can give to a boy? Drawing on psychological research, history, and children's media, Why the Wild Things are explore the growth of the human-animal connection. In chapters on children's emotional ties to their pets, the cognitive challenges of animal contacts, animal symbols as building blocks of the self, and pointless cruelty to animals, Melson shows how children's innate interest in animals is shaped by their families and their social worlds, and may in turn shape the kind of people they will become."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Melson, L. Gail
Dewey number
636.088/7/019
Index
index present
LC call number
SF411.47
LC item number
.M45 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Pet owners
  • Pets
  • Pets
  • Children and animals
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Human-Animal Bond
  • Animals, Domestic
  • Child
  • Psychology
Label
Why the wild things are : animals in the lives of children, Gail F. Melson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [201]-232) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • The healing lick
  • 6.
  • Animal selves
  • 7.
  • Victims and objects
  • 8.
  • Deepening the animal connection
  • 1.
  • Animals and the study of children
  • 2.
  • Reaching across the divide
  • 3.
  • Love on four legs
  • 4.
  • Learning from animals
Control code
45008492
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 236 pages
Isbn
9780674004818
Lccn
00046201
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Why the wild things are : animals in the lives of children, Gail F. Melson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [201]-232) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • The healing lick
  • 6.
  • Animal selves
  • 7.
  • Victims and objects
  • 8.
  • Deepening the animal connection
  • 1.
  • Animals and the study of children
  • 2.
  • Reaching across the divide
  • 3.
  • Love on four legs
  • 4.
  • Learning from animals
Control code
45008492
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 236 pages
Isbn
9780674004818
Lccn
00046201
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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